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Rajasthan Camel Fair Overview
Pushkar Camel Festival is one of the locally celebrated festivals of Rajasthan. As is suggested by its name, Camels are the celebrated figures in this festival. The festival, more like a carnival, is held in the month of January and in Bikaner city. Bikaner, lying to the north west of Rajasthan and dominated by the desert sands has got a reason, and a good one too, to host the event on its own grounds. The Pushkar camel fair is marked by a number of performances by trained camels. With the rich music and dance performances in the background, the whole scene appears as mystical.

History of Camel Festival In Rajasthan
There are no accounts that reveals the origins of this festival. In its recent form the Indian camel festival has been given a fillip by the state tourism department so as to pay tribute to the ship of the desert - Camel. The camel as a beast of burden, especially in the desert region, has made long been serving the local population. The existence and development of Bikaner owes a great lot to this popular mode of transportation. The camels of Bikaner, much like its chivalrous population, are known for their endurance and strength. Camel is such a celebrity at Bikaner that a special regiment in Indian millitary was incorporated soon after the independence, which still serves in the remote areas of Thar Desert.

Activities
The festival is a special treat for camels as well as tourists who participate to witness this grand show. The fair starts with full pomp and show as beautifully adorned camels walk in a procession. People from all over the place adorn their animals with ornaments and some cast metals. The procession is followed by many performances.

Camel dance performance is a special event on this day. Camel owners, who also are the trainers of their animals, step in with their individual performances. Camels can be seen performing footsteps on the command of their trainers. Skilled ones receive a lot of appreciation and gifts.
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The second day of the festival is devoted to the most sought after event - the camel race. The scene is more like Derby; one can to a good approximation think of the event as an amplified version of the great animal races held anywhere. The best of the camels participate in the race. Competition is often fierce and filled with much excitement and amusement.

Towards the end of the day are performed traditional dances, tricks and feats of courage by some local entertainers. One can also find vendors selling sweets, made from camel milk. With all this happening in the backdrop of desert lands, the fair is just one phenomenon and not to be missed at Rajasthan.

How To Reach Bikaner
Air : While travelling to Bikaner, flight is not a suggested idea. The nearest airport for the region is located far, at Jodhpur and about 240 kms far.

Train : Bikaner is connected with railway lines to several destinations, including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Churu and Delhi. Trains regularly ply between these stations.

Buses : Available for the city are short and long distance buses. The bus stand, that lies to the north of the city sees a regular arrival and departure of the buses. Some long distance buses ply between the city and destinations like Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur.

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Features : This tour will take you to the destination where Camel Festival is celebrated in all its vigour - the city of Bikaner. The tour starts from Delhi and heads for the cities of Rajasthan. Apart from Bikaner, places you will be visiting include Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Narlai, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Shekhavati.


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Features : Twenty days tour package - Romantic Maharaja provides for your travel, accommodation and catering in the famous cities of Rajasthan viz., Bharatpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Gajner and Shekhawati. There will be a minimum one days stay at these destinations. There will be guided city tours and all assistance will be provided. The tour plan will be as Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Narlai, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Shekhavati, Delhi.


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Features : The packages provides for all the requisites you will need to have a wonderful tour in the state of Rajasthan. You can reach your venue for Camel Festival, that is Bikaner city. Other destinations include Mandawa, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Agra, Delhi.


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Features : Reach the enchanting desert cities of Rajasthan with this tour. The package gives you three days to celebrate at Bikaner, place which observes popular Camel Festival. Other places you will be visiting are Jaipur and Jodhpur.


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